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As the plane took off there was a wave of joy as bottles of hand sanitiser broke the ice between strangers

John Daly



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Ready for take off: People wait for their flight as they wear protective masks at the airport in Malaga, Spain. Photo: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Ready for take off: People wait for their flight as they wear protective masks at the airport in Malaga, Spain. Photo: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

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Ready for take off: People wait for their flight as they wear protective masks at the airport in Malaga, Spain. Photo: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

In my over-active imagination, yesterday offered me a cameo role in a re-enactment of the last chopper out of Saigon.

Being the war nut that I am, it didn't take much to picture myself being part of that famous 1975 scene from the end of the Vietnam war as I grabbed a seat on one of the last flights home from Spain.

OK, so it wasn't exactly a war zone we were leaving - but there was no doubting the obvious relief among every passenger on that packed flight back to rainy old Ireland.


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